Frankincense, also known as olibanum, is made of Boswellia tree. Typically it grows in dry, mountainous regions of India, Africa and the Middle East.

Frankincense has a woody, spicy fragrance and can be inhaled, absorbed through the skin, steeped in tea or taken as an additive.

It is used in Ayurvedic medicine for hundreds of years, and the Frankincense seems to provide certain health benefits, from improved arthritis and digestion to reduced asthma and improved oral health. It can even help fight certain types of cancer.

Here are 5 scientifically-supported benefits of incense – as well as 7 myths.

May Reduce Arthritis

Frankincense has anti-inflammatory effects that can help reduce joint inflammation caused by osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Researchers believe that Frankincense can prevent the release of leukotriene, which are causes of inflammation.
Terpenes and boswellic acids are the strongest anti-inflammatory compounds in frankincense.

It can improve the Gut function

Anti-inflammatory properties of Frankincense can also help to function properly.

Frankincense looks particularly effective in reducing the symptoms of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, two inflammatory bowel diseases.

In a small study in people with Crohn’s disease, the Frankincense was as effective as the pharmaceutical drug of mesalazine in reducing symptoms.
Moreover, 900 to 1.050 mg of Frankincense per day for six weeks has proven to be effective as a cure for the treatment of chronic ulcerative colitis – and with very few side effects.

Improves asthma

Traditional medicine has used Frankincense for the treatment of bronchitis and asthma for centuries.

Studies show that its compounds can prevent the production of leukotriene, which causes bronchial muscle compress in asthma.
Similarly, a daily dose of Frankincense 1.4 mg per kg body weight (3 mg per kg) improved lung capacity and helped reduce asthma attacks in people with chronic asthma.

Maintains oral health

Frankincense can help prevent bad breath, toothache, cavities and mouth sores.

It seems that the boswellic acids have strong antibacterial properties, which can help in the prevention and treatment of oral cavity infections.

May Fight Certain Cancers Frankincense can also help fight certain types of cancer.

The Boswellic acid that they have to contain can prevent the spread of cancer cells.
So far, studies show that Frankincense can fight against breast, prostate, pancreatic, skin and colon cancer cells.
A small study suggests that it can help reduce the side effects of cancer.

When people treated for brain tumors took 4.2 grams of frankincense or a placebo each day, 60% of the frankincense group experienced reduced brain edema — an accumulation of fluid in the brain — compared to 26% of those given the placebo

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